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reagan is still off the shore of japan launching aircraft loaded with supplies. but the shift moved further on tuesday after some crewmembers tested positive for low levels of radiation. -- further out to sea after some crewmembers tested for low levels of radiation european pet energy officials are applying stress tests to their plant and germany officials have switched off some of their plants, one of them permanently. >> the nuclear crisis in japan comes just as america had finally started to get past its discomfort with nuclear power, caused more than 30 years ago by three mile island. >> it is called the nuclear present -- renaissance, the growing acceptance in recent years of nuclear energy as a clean, green, and an effective answer to the country's dependence on foreign oil. then came the disaster in japan, still unfolding. >> one fears if one is an advocate of nuclear energy that for now, the nuclear renaissance is over in america. >> for all of its outside, the crisis in japan exposes the downside once again. america is entering the 32nd anniversary of three mile island, ma
>>> japan wakes but not from its nightmare. >> my son might have been engulfed by the tsunami. >> a new day brings fresh scenes of devastation. new fears of nuclear disaster. >> we don't know about what's going on inside the plant at the moment. >> and an ever rising death toll. tonight, the latest most revealing pictures from the worst hit city, as the grim search for survivors continues. relief finally arrives. >> we're here to help. >> there are dramatic stories of rescue, but an overwhelming sense of despair. >> we lost everything. >> with thousands missing, cities gone -- >> the longer time goes on, the less likely we'll find survivors. >> and a proud nation brought to its knees. the very latest with ann curry and lester holt, on the disaster in japan. >> welcome to this special edition of "dateline." i'm lester holt reporting from tokyo. it is monday morning here and the disaster in japan has deepened, its scope widened, the death toll risen astronomically, now estimated 10,000 people. it is the greatest crisis they have face leaders say since world war ii. here's ann cu
>>> on the broadcast tonight, the disaster in japan. people are being ordered to seal themselves in their homes after a radiation leak. and new problems at more reactors. tonight the americans who are buying medicine based on fear. and the continuing suffering on day five since the disaster. our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> tonight japan is dealing with a full scale tragedy, while also trying to contain a full scale nuclear emergency. the release of radiation has prompted a major evacuation. and the people across japan are being told to seal themselves? their homes. tonight we have the latest for you on the disaster in japan. the number of confirmed dead just over 3,000. and the missing now standing at close to 7,000. both expected to go much higher. half a million people have been evacuated. almost that number are in shelters. there are still huge shortages of food, fuel, water and shelter. about that radiation leak and the effort to avert an all out meltdown. 70,000 people have been evacuated. 140,000 have been told again to stay in the
>>> on the broadcast tonight, the disaster in japan. in the aftermath of the quake and the tsunami, now there's a full scale nuclear scare, and it's deepening. tonight the u.s. is being asked for more help. our team is on the ground and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, it started with a freak of nature, the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded on the planet, but then, right then as the rubble settled and the buildings stopped swaying, the water came ashore. the tsunami in japan killed thousands. in some parts of some towns, there's no remaining evidence that anyone ever lived there. and now tonight the crisis has taken yet another turn, and we are covering a full-blown nuclear scare in japan. there are 17 nuclear power plants across that country, 54 nuclear reactors in all, but one plant in particular is in trouble. it's the fukushima plant, and if you've seen the pictures of it over the weekend, you may know. there was one explosion in one building on saturday, another just yesterday. and now a third reactor is in trouble a
to wbaltv.com and clicking on politics. >> fears of a nuclear meltdown in japan have prompted the u.s. to authorize the first evacuation of americans out of the country. the nuclear regulatory commission says this decision was based on the risk of radioactive contamination. let's go live to washington for the latest. >> the un says the situation is very serious but not deteriorating at this point. president obama says americans and japan need to be prepared. >> they spoke at the japanese embassy in washington and said the u.s. is bringing all sources to bear to protect american citizens in japan. they sought to reassure americans at home. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the u.s., whether it is that west coast, why, alaska or u.s. territories. >> at the nuclear plant, crews have been scrambling, using helicopters and cannons to douse the reactor with thousands of gallons of water. but it's difficult to know whether it's working. >> we believe it will help to cool down the fuel. however, we are not able to access the site. >> the first evacuations fled to toky
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the big one hits japan. a mass i've history-making earthquake, one of the largest ever measured, and it triggers a massive tsunami all the way to the u.s. tonight we're watching the rising death toll. a nuclear plant in trouble. the aftershocks continue. the world is watching japan and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the nation of japan has suffered a clausal historic earthquake that has caused massive damage, massive loss of life and sent ocean waters racing over land. the earthquake was 8.9 and struck at 2:46 p.m., centered 78 miles offshore. while tokyo swayed and shook and bounced for minutes on end, sending millions to shelter, sendai was the closest population center and it's been devastated. the loss of life officially so far in the hundreds will almost certainly be in the thousands as thousands are missing. the quake then triggered a tsunami, water upwards of 30 feet high that swamped the japanese shoreline, moving faster than people or cars could outrun it. then it headed out east acro
. disaster in japan. this is a special edition of "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. reporting tonight from tokyo. >> good evening. right about now people here in japan are starting to ask themselves how much worse can things get? struck yesterday by one of the largest earths ever on record. and now this. forced to flee fr aa path of a radioactive leak. in the disaster zone itself, along the east coast, rescue efforts have been complicated by damage to a nuclear power plant. and there is late word of an emergency involving a second reactor in that complex. hundreds of bodies have been spotted along the coast. it is estimated the death toll here could reach 1,000. local news agencies report in one community alone, 9,500 people are unaccounted for. we have a lot to tell you here tonight. we want to start with nbc's lee cowan who has the latest. >> reporter: the first lifelines are being lowered into a sea of. the rescue efforts are cut by the sheer scale of the disaster. nowhere near the hands to offer. grim equation that is forcing those lucky enough to survive, into a terrible limbo. hundre
>>> on the broadcast tonight, the desperate measures under way to get the nuclear crisis in japan under control. >>> and president obama tells americans there's no threat from radiation coming across the pacific. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. while the japanese deal with a staggering humanitarian crisis, they are now engaging in a last-resort effort to stop perhaps multiple meltdowns at nuclear reactors. and today president obama had to reassure the american public that these fears of some sort of radioactive cloud coming all the way across the pacific to the west coast just aren't true. here's the latest now on the disaster in japan. desperate measures now under way to lessen the nuclear disaster. while tonight japanese officials are saying they have rare good news of some levels stabilizing, first today we got the first look at the reactors close up. this new video of a helicopter fly-over showing the destruction. then there are the numbers. just under 5700 dead, just under 10,000 missing and over three-quarters of a m
>>> good morning. breaking news. a major 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocks japan triggering a powerful tsunami. the wall of water up to 33 feet high pushing homes and cars miles. at least 32 people are dead so far. there is a tsunami warning in hawaii and parts of the u.s. west coast today friday, march hawaii and parts of the u.s. west coast today friday, march 11, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today" on this friday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> i'm ann curry in for matt. this was a powerful earthquake. the images are stunning out of japan. it shows the tsunami sweeping inland, some 60 miles over farmland in sendai japan, 200 miles north of tok yochlt cars, housings, buildings being swept out with this massive wave. >> it started with an 8.9 magnitude quake that hit around 2:45 p.m. local time. it is the largest quake in japan's recorded history and the fifth strongest quake in the world in the past 111 years. there have been at least 19 aftershocks, including several stronger than last month's devastating quake in new zealand. a tsunami warnin
of the disaster in japan. >> moments of terror as the earthquake struck. shaken from the magnitude 8.9 earthquake shattered lives and businesses. japan has been keeping records for almost a century and a half and this was the most powerful quake in the country's memory. >> there were shaking, there was sirens. >> the worst was yet to come. after the quake, tsunami waves as high as 33 -- 33 feet in both parts of the north coast. cars and homes picked up like toys by the water. the tsunami created a mass of whirlpool, some 3000 residents were evacuated near a nuclear power plant after the cooling system was deactivated. workers are scrambling to restore the water supply. hundreds of miles away, millions were stranded after the rail network were struck down. a large section of a town of 70,000 burnt into the night. >> some of the most dramatic video shows the tsunami barreling across land. what is it about an earthquake that triggers a tsunami? we spent the day at the maryland science center. >> you have seen how strong they are and the damage that they can produce. earthquakes in japan are not that
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. growing fears of a nuclear meltdown afterme explosion and fire at a nuclear power plant, crippled in the devastated earthquake and tsunami. and the search intensifies, new images emerge of the catastrophe that stunned the world. saturday, march 12, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. i'm amy robak. >> and i'm kacarl quintanilla. >> there is a growing fear of nuclear meltdown in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. a fire at one of two nuclear power plants at the epicenter. you can see the explosion in the distance. injuries there. and the wounds and walls have been destroyed. a possible radiation leak. mandatory evacuations in the areas of both plants. >> as for the death toll, at least 1,300 people have been killed. authorities say that number may rise in hours and days ahead. hundreds unaccounted for, and untold numbers of people are stranded. rescue efforts under way to reach them. >> millions across the country without power. officials have lost contact with
if the nuclear situation in japan is not brought under control within the next 24 hours. >> tracie potts has the latest now from washington. >> it appears to be white smoke begun to rise from the number three reactor. >> helicopters are now dropping water on japan's nuclear plant. >> we believe that secondary containment has been destroyed. there is no water in the spent fuel pool. >> no water means nothing to prevent a meltdown. the japanese deny that, but international authorities do believe it's overheating. the u.s. believes radiation levels there are extremely high. with conflicting reports coming from japan, the state department now warns americans to consider leaving or at least stay 50 miles away, 30 miles further than the japanese recommend. >> we are obviously advising american citizens that they listen to the nrc and the state department. >> some experts fear even that's not enough. >> 50 miles is not a safe distance to be in an emergency like that. >> the state department's organizing charter flights out of tokyo for what so far is a voluntary evacuation. president obama called j
too familiar in japan as officials assess the devastation after the natural disaster. and now, people face new skiers of nuclear exposure. -- new scares of nuclear exposure. people in northern japan are now dealing with the threat of nuclear radiation. however, officials say radiation levels have dropped dramatically from earlier in the day. we have the latest from japan. >> delong japan's coast, a groom -- a grim past. troops are working steadily to recover the 2000 bodies that began washing ashore today. also today, we saw our first convoys of military vehicles in the ravaged area. this, while most of the country -- countries in the world focused on the safety of the nuclear power plant. the reactors are now being scanned for radiation. in this coastal town where 17,000 people used to live and more than half the residents have disappeared, hope is fleeting. >> my daughter was washed away. i do not know what to say. i hope she is alive somewhere. >> this area has been paralyzed with trains out of service and major stores closed. everyone watches and waits for miracles, like this four
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. the nuclear threat grows here with partial meltdowns reported in two reactors. death toll estimates soar, an extraordinary new look at the moment of the crisis. that unstoppable tsunami that swept away entire communities. this morning, we'll visit the hardest hit area, an entire city in ruins. hardest hit area, an entire city in ruins. today sunday, march 13th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm lester holt in downtown tokyo. >> i'm jenna wolfe back here in new york. a lot going on in japan right now. we are getting reports of partial meltdowns and two of those reactors. i understand, lester, things have gotten much worse overnight. >> jenna, they really have. we have been experiencing a number of aftershocks, but, really, the world wants to focus on the survivors and finding people. watching this nuclear situation play out has been very disturbing. perhaps two meltdowns and a third reactor at the same plant complex may be at risk of an explosion. very di
>>> on the broadcast tonight, disaster in japan day six. on the nuclear crisis, the americans now say the radiation is much more dangerous than the japanese are letting on. while the heroic effort continues to stop a meltdown and recover from a quake and a tsunami, the fears over radiatn continue. our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening tonight. in the midst of a massive humanitarian crisis in japan and fears of radiation on both sides of the pacific ocean, for much of the day there's been a disagreement between the americans and the japanese over how dangerous the nuclear crisis is and how much radiation is being released into the environment. here's the very latest on the japan disaster. the humanitarian crisis continues. over 4100 confirmed dead. there are 12,000 unaccounted for. 100 countries have now offered aid to japan. tens of thousands of people have been scanned for radiation. american citizens within 50 miles of the bad reactors have been told to evacuate or stay inside their homes after the most recent spike in radiation
dahlgren begins our coverage from japan. >> aid is beginning to trickle in. trying to get help to those desperate for a lifeline. while japanese officials continue their fight to stay ahead, on monday and other hydrogen explosion. this time in the reactor no. 3 at the fukushima daiichi reactor plant. this is increasing fears about its stability. it is a nation struggling on so many fronts and the death toll is a growing. more than 1 million without power, water, and in some places food. tokyo is not the moon -- not immune. there are some heartwarming stories of families reunited. for millions more, it is another heartbreaking night. hundred in shelters and shedding tears for those that have lost. they continued to brace for more aftershocks. >> to my opinion, it has a much greater chance of having a major earthquake or a tsunami. corrections more overwhelming fears. wbal-tv 11 news. >> president obama said the images -- were shocking. >> i said it to the prime minister of japan that the united states will continue to offer any assistance we can as they recover from multiple dis
>>> this morning on "early today," wall of destruction. death toll soars in japan as authorities race to head off nuclear meltdowns. >>> the situation in japan raises fears over the safety of nuclear power plants here at home. >>> anwhiteout. a late winter blizzard leaves hundreds of motorists stranded a late winter blizzard leaves hundreds of motorists stranded in north dakota. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a very good morning to you. today we begin with a country in crisis. in japan, rescuers are searching for signs of life as the clock ticks in the wake of friday's epic disaster. japanese police say that they have recovered another 1,000 bodies that washed along the shore adding to a mounting death toll already thought to be above 10,000. kristen dahlgren joins us with the latest. the search and rescue operation still under way, but with every hour the situation appears to grow more grave. 1,000 bodies were found in one area. also unconfirmed reports that more than 10,000 could be missing from a single area as well for those that survived the quake survivin
part in a protest. >>> confusion today in japan about the damaged nuclear power plant. more pools of radioactive water were found inside and the owners gave widely conflicting accounts about the danger. that only heightened concerns that the crisis has been mishandled. lee cowan is in tokyo. >> reporter: it was the second apology in as many days. and just the most recent example of late or flat-out erroneous information coming from the owners of japan's stricken nuclear power plant. >> tokyo electric power company says it needs to revise its announcement. >> reporter: tepco officials reported radiation levels near a pool of one of the reactors were 10 million times the normal level. workers were evacuated and news reports were full of fears the crisis only deepened. for all the alarm bells the news set off, sets out tepco says it was wrong. the radiation level in that pool and three other pools was high, but not the astronomical level first described. tepco apologized for what it called an inconvenience. but it was an inconvenience no one here needed. those in the hardest-hit area
>>> this morning on "early today," high anxiety. japan pulls emergency workers from its crippled nuclear power plant after a surge in radiation. >>> dealing with disaster, a new study reveals how prepared is the u.s. to deal with a major nuclear emergency. >>> and ways of power, newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today following a dangerous spike in radiation that authorities feared put their lives at risk. nbc chief science correspondent robert bazelle reports from tokyo. >> authorities here in japan say they have been serious problems again at the nuclear power plant, particularly in unit number three, which has been sort of kwieette for a while. it was a sharp spike in radiation. it was so sharp, the wor
>>> this morning on "early today," on the verge. japan's nuclear crisis creeps toward catastrophe as a third reactor is rocked by an explosion and a fourth catches fire. >>> nikkei nose dive, japanese stocks go into a free fall when investors panicked by radiation fears. >>> and sticker shock, russia jacks up the price of flying >>> and sticker shock, russia jacks up the price of flying american astronauts into space. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a nuclear nightmare. radiation levels spiked in japan this morning in a wake of series of explosions at the puck chic ma nuclear power plant. days after suffering its most crippleling catastrophe ever, japan is now facing the world's largest nuclear disaster since chernobyl. kristin dal again reports. >> reporter: japanese officials warned the radiation leaks were getting worse after a explosion in a third reactor and a fire in the fourth. the prime minister warned they were expanding the area of evacuation to 19 miles reporting radiation levels seemed very
the strongest to hit japan in 100 years. >> tsunami warnings were issued. and massive wall of water swept away everything. it cracked buildings, it sparked dozens of fires including refineries. hundreds of bodies were found in the epicenter. a number of aftershocks were felt in tokyo more than 200 miles away. this is a potentially catastrophic disaster. we have more on the u.s. response. >> president obama says that his thoughts and prayers are with the people and they are ready to help with whatever they need. the night sky over japan with fires still burning. >> of the magnitude -- the 8.9 magnitude quake rattled everything from offices to the japanese legislature. more than 50 aftershocks followed. there was a trail of devastation on the ground. >> this is unlike anything we have experienced here before. >> a massive tsunami unleashed a wave of water in coastal areas near the epicenter northeast of tokyo. it destroyed everything in its path. >> i am heartbroken by this tragedy. >> president obama pledged u.s. assistance in japan. >> today's events remind us how fragile life can b
york, but obviously the situation in japan continues to unfold. now 72 hours after the massive earthquake and tsunami. add to that a component of a nuclear situation that's still very uncertain. let me tell you what we know now. first of all inside studio 1a i'm matt lauer along with al roker and natalie morales. the death toll in japan is expected to exceed 10,000. there are lots -- thousands of people still reported missing. 11 workers have been injured during a second hydrogen explosion today at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. and the u.s. military has shifted some of the fleet a little further from shore after some personnel were exposed to a cloud of low level radiation. the state department is warning americans they should avoid travel to japan. that seems like good advice. >>> also ahead the devastating earthquake that hit on friday was the biggest in japan's recorded history, but the aftermath may be worse with the tsunami washing out swaths of coastal civilization. many areas are cut off. no rescue getting in and very little information getting out. >> plus, six n
the u.s. will now lead military action to stop gadhafi's brutal crackdown. and in japan, the nuclear crisis goes up a notch, increased to a higher alert level. what will it take to cool down those reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. our teams are on the ground across the world and "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. tonight we have to take you on something of a tour of the world to cover the overwhelming amount of news going on. and while we have been focused on the disaster in japan, where the nuclear alert level actually went up a notch today, while it's been going on for exactly a week tonight, instead we must begin tonight back in libya. today president obama announced that on top of the two wars the u.s. is fighting, the united states will now take the lead on possible military action in libya. the u.n. approved it last night. it started out as a no-fly zone but has grown into something perhaps bigger. a nato ultimatum of gadhafi of libya that the president says is non-negotiable. gadhafi declared a cease fire today but
on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> thank you. experts are calling the nuclear crisis in japan a slower-moving nightmare. >> the buildup of radiation was too much. tracie potts has the latest from japan and reaction in the u.s. >> the last 50 workers fled the nuclear plant to escape a huge burst of radiation. >> they have to continue to try. >> officials say 70% of the fuel rods are damaged. 107 miles away in tokyo, residents are leaving despite the surge is that radiation levels are not yet harmful. >> low levels now but we do not know what it will be like tomorrow. is back upnikkei today. >> uncertainty has taken over the markets right now. >> , response the nuclear regulatory commission to explain if our nuclear plants could withstand a 9.0 earthquake. >> we have to make sure that all the bad actors in the industry are sorted out very quickly. >> the government continues to assure americans that radiation levels here are safe. but that has not stopped their run of potassium iodide. one retailer says he has a backlog of 3000 orders. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> many of us in the
>>> this morning on "early today," desperate measures. the world watches and waits as japan tries to contain its nuclear crisis. >>> survival instinct, incredible new video of heroic rescues during last week's catastrophic tsunami. >>> and royal jewel, the see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a whopping sum. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a race against the clock. japan is desperately trying to reconnect power to critical cooling systems at the fukushima power plant. this as smoke has once again been seen rising from the crippled nuclear facility. nbc's brian moore reports. >> reporter: tons of water, the difference between salvation and catastrophe at japan's stricken nuclear plant. >> the situation remains very serious. but there's been no significant worsening since yesterday. the cloud billowing from the fukushima plant on wednesday was all but gone thursday, but the possibility of a meltdown is still very real. president ob
of japan as nuclear meltdown concerns grow. >>> line of fire, security cameras capture a dramatic shoot-out at a tennessee convenience stor >>> and space odyssey, video unveils the international space >>> and space odyssey, video unveils the international space station's newest resident. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with exit strategy. as japan's nuclear crisis deepens and reports about the status of one of its nuclear plants differ, the united states has authorized the first evacuation of mernsz out of japan. tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everybody. we learned overnight that these will be volunteer evacuations even though the airports have reopened, commercial flights are available, the u.s. state department will be organizing charter flights out of tokyo and other locations in japan to get americans out. the u.s. believes that the radiation levels, especially around the fukushima daiichi mran plants are extremely hig
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. another 1,000 bodies washed up along japan's earthquake and tsunami-ravaged coast, as the nuclear crisis deepens, with a new explosion at an already damaged power plant. ann curry reports live from the region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, march 14, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> the images continue to haunt us all. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith vieira. japan's prime minister calling this the gravest crisis in his country since world war ii. >> the death toll is now estimated at 10,000. that's expected to climb. so far, about 2,800 people are confirmed dead including those 1,000 bodies discovered overnight. meanwhile, 11 workers have been injured during a second hydrogen explosion today at the fukushima nuclear plant and the u.s. military shifted some of the fleet further away from shore after military personnel were exposed to low level radiation. the state department is warning americans
radiation continues to leak from a severely damaged nuclear power plant on the coast of japan. first, the earthquake, then the tsunami. the disaster in japan is our state top story. >> the japanese government is trying to rescue survivors, assess the damage, and then care for all of those who are affected. they are monitoring the power plant that appears to be on the verge of causing widespread devastation. another fire broke out there today. the causes are unknown but officials think it might be because the fire yesterday was not completely put out. they are considering a spraying water and board accident -- acid over the -- boric acid over the site. >> we have learned from our experience, we need to be as prepared as we can. the more you prepare, the better you can be, the more lives that we can save, the last disability. >> the disaster in japan has a crippling effects on the economy. every nation that uses nuclear power is taking a very close look at the safety plans of their plants. >> they are applying stress tests. germany is testing seven of theirs. what is the state o
for japan. they are facing a mounting death toll. and a possible nuclear meltdown. >> how the economy is faring in a moment. we begin with the latest in japan and with the u.s. is doing for americans stuck there. s teamin tonight' coverage. >> he says the u.s. is bringing all resources to bear to protect american citizens and reassured americans at home. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the u.s., whether it is the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories. >> at the nuclear plant, crews have been scrambling to cool the overheated reactor. helicopters and water cannons to douse the fuel rods the that it is difficult to know how will it is working. >> it will have to cool down the fuel. we're not able to a set -- set foot into the site. >> the state department said the evacuation affected 100 americans and more flights are being arranged. >> we're not forcing them to go anywhere. we will tell them they have a flight. >> buses have been sent to evacuate americans stuck without transportation near the nuclear plant but out of the risk zone. there is a team of
of people in japan and around the world that does not. >> with factories, ports, roads and railways shut down, many auto and technology companies are cut off from their suppliers in the disaster zone. that could be a shortage of auto parts and even some vehicles made in japan. >> we have been talking to local japanese car dealerships all day and the story is largely the same. their supply of cars is ok, but the rest of the year largely depends on how bad the crisis in japan gets. nissan, toyota, honda and beyond -- japanese car competitors with the same worried -- supply. the tsunami aftermath has altered supply at many of the plants these dealerships to live on for some popular -- rely on for some popular models. one japanese plant was wiped out. most hybrid models are made in japan, so that supply could be heard as well, especially if you multiplied the demand for prices. >> you are looking at that point rehab to order them and wait for several months to come in. >> the majority of these cars are made at u.s. plants, but even those are cutting back on production due to the fears the pa
forming in japan overnight as the dangers spike in radiation levels force workers to flee for safety. >> those levels have gone down in the last few hours. things are start -- things are far from safe. >> authorities trying to avert a catastrophe. there was damage to number four where rocks were being stored in pools of water. the fuel rods are trying to be cooled while temperatures are trying to be brought down. >> the fuel rod could become fragile. there's a chance of the fuel rod breaking. the radiation material which is normally contained inside the container could seep out. >> japan will last the u.s. military for help. for workers who volunteered, they have faced life threatening levels of radiation. >> they are being exposed to levels of radiation that are life-threatening and will in some cases be fatal. >> this is taken attention away from the humanitarian aspect of the disaster. rescuers have found body after body in piles of rubble. the death toll is estimated to be well over 10,000. thousands more remained missing. those who survived had to make do with very little food,
in the united states. >> there will be lessons from japan's crisis, but said the obama administration will continue to push for nuclear power plants. >> some republicans also seem unwilling to abandon nuclear power. >> let's not just say, like we have for the past 30 years, we will not look at it because we are a breed of it. and-- because we are afraid of it. experts to say some low-level radiation to reach our shores. an amount it would be in a ma far too small to matter. >> sales of iodine tablets have sparked on the west coast. and >> experts say that most of the wind is blowing in the direction of the united states. scientists say they do not have much information about what exactly is coming our way. >> we do not actually know anything directly in terms of what has gone out, what quantities, what doses that might imply. >> that is why there is so much confusion about how big of a health risk was created by the radiation in japan. he can only say there has been no significant release of radiation, which is good news not only for japan but for the united states. >> it is not only
. officials at the troubled nuclear power plant in japan are running out of options to prevent a full meltdown. relief of its continue in the upper row -- if efforts continued in the earthquake and a tsunami is unknown. -- tsunami zone. >> and you kind of -- a new kind of assault and avert a catastrophe. military fire trucks are blasting water at the nuclear reactors. the government is abandoning the use of helicopters, i'm sure of how effective they were. clouds flocked -- unsure how effective they were. today marks one week since the earthquake and many in the nation paused to pay tribute as the number of dead and missing out. 15-degree temperatures and wind chill. and those risking the lives to prevent a nuclear meltdown -- we're getting some idea of who those persons are. one of them was about to retire, six months away, and he volunteered for this job. he was working for another company for 40 years when he decided he had a good of fukushima because of what " the future of nuclear power generation depends on how we cope with this. i go with a sense of mission." he left his house three day
>>> good morning. breaking news. japan's nuclear crisis takes a dire turn. high levels of radiation spewing from the damaged nuclear plant following an explosion at a third reactor and a fire in a fourth. an official is calling it, quote, a very bad scerio as officials work to contain the risk today, tuesday, march 15, officials work to contain the risk today, tuesday, march 15, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> officials in japan are saying the radiation leaking from the crippled nuclear power plant is enough to impact human health. >> the big concern is the number 2 reactor which exploded on monday sending more radiation into the air and then a fire at reactor 4 broke out. that one had been shut down for maintenance before the quake. all but 50 employees of the plant have been evacuated. in a nationally televised address japan's prime minister urged anyone living near the plant who had not already evacuated to seal themselves indoors and warned of the very high risk of more leaks. >> you hear
>> the latest from japan. good morning. >> dozens march against violence after a 19-year-old is killed by gunfire. >> saving the state money by releasing prisoners? what do you think of that plan? >> the kind of day that will give you spring fever. the forecast as we continue right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. happy friday. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thanks for joining us. >> john collins has a check on the forecast. >> a nice run-up yesterday with temperatures well into the 60's. we will continue it and we will keep going up as far as we can. temperatures this morning for our lows are where we would typically big for the highs for this time of year. a nice way to start the day. 55 -- is a dry atmosphere. the barometer is down a bit. have a southwest wind at 7. 52 at the maryland science center. we have some thin clouds that is filtering the moonlight this morning. a terrific day
, but how does it end? >>> in japan, the disaster deepens with new problems at the nuclear plant. there are new fears about food safety and an american family has received the worst possible news about their daughter. our teams are on the ground. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in addition to two wars on two other fronts, the united states military tonight is engaged against libya. the attacks are in the form of air strikes. 32 of them in just the last 24 hours. about half now being carried out by u.s. aircraft. and there have been 136 cruise missiles launched. only eight of them by british armed forces. the rest launched by the u.s. they have hit targets up and down the libyan coastline, mostly aimed at libyan defenses, so the coalition aircraft can begin enforcing that no-fly zone over a larger portion of the country. the united states says moammar gadhafi is not a target personally, but president obama says the u.s. acted in these attacks he launched from south america to stop gadhafi from firing on his own people. we
>> and 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked japan, the strongest to hit the area and more than 100 years. one of the many issues facing japan in the earthquake's aftermath, the impact on that nation's nuclear facilities. >> a japanese news agency is reporting that some radioactivity may be leaking from a nuclear reactor. in the meantime, reaction to the massive earthquake continues. noel walker has more on the tsunami warnings. >> the tsunami waves that swept across the northern japanese coast, wiping out everything in their path, arrived at u.s. coast hours later. residents were sent scrambling to safety. in oregon, coastal residents awoke to sirens and began evacuations. >> they started screaming and yelling and running through the trailer park getting everybody up. >> in california, the current tossed around boats in santa cruz like they were backed of toys, swapping some ships and leaving others locked -- lost at sea. coastal residents evacuated to higher ground. most of the destruction was isolated to harbors and marinas. the damage is estimated to be in the millions of dollars. pre
on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> the u.s. military says charter flights are leaving half fall from japan. many families have decided to stay. low levels of radiation have been detected in tokyo and beyond. tracie potts is in washington with the very latest. >> 600 americans are stuck north of sendai. the u.s. is sending in buses to get them. >> we're bringing in all available resources. we will protect american citizens who may in harm's way. >> not much has changed at the nuclear plant. it could take weeks to get the situation under control. the u.s. is now starting to collect its own data. >> when the united states says to evacuate up to 50 miles, there is a sound reason for that. >> basic physics and science says there cannot be any risk or harm to anyone here in the united states. >> few americans have boarded flights from japan. those who are coming home are being tested. >> we're screening passengers and cargo if there happens to be even a blip in terms of radiation. >> the fallout here at home. general motors is shutting down a plant because of a parts shortage from japan. nearly
japan. we'll have answers for you here tonight. >>> the struggle of those rebels in libya to now get the upper hand as nbc's richard engel lives through a close call on the ground. >>> making a difference. with a combination of medical expertise and a higher power. >>> and a screen gem is gone. some say the last of the true movie stars. tonight we'll remember elizabeth taylor. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we're still in the middle of an air assault on libya. really the third front the u.s. is fighting on these days. it was launched by president obama to protect civilians, he said, because gadhafi's forces were bearing down on the rebels' head quarter city of benghazi. but all those cruise missiles and bombs still haven't stopped the ground fighting. the rebels were under heavy fire today about 100 miles to the south of benghazi. and as you're about to see, our own chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, was with them and got about as close as you'd ever want to. richard is back safely in benghazi tonight and is with us
japan's safety zone is not big enough. >> there is new device for americans -- move back or get out. tracie potts is in washington with the details. >> it appears to be white smoke rising from the number 3 reactor. >> helicopters are now dropping water. >> we believe the containment has been destroyed. there is no water. >> that means nothing to prevent a meltdown. the japanese deny that. authorities believe it is is overheating. the u.s. believes radiation levels are extremely high. the state department now warns americans to consider leaving or least stay 50 miles away. 30 miles further than the japanese recommend. >> we advise americans to listen to the state department. >> 50 miles is not a safe in an emergency like that. >> president obama called japan's prime minister to promise continued support. there are new numbers on casualties. 23 injured, missing, or hospitalized at the plant. nearly 5200 dead. nearly 9000 still missing. the u.s. is not the only country with stronger warnings than japan. germany and australia also urging their residents to leave. tracie potts, wbal-tv 1
alerts on wbaltv.com. >> now to the disaster in japan, the nuclear scare has escalated with word that conditions at the crippled nuclear plants have now deteriorated even further. >> the u.s. government urging american citizens in the area to follow new safety precautions. sally kid has the latest from washington . >> the head of the nuclear regulatory commission says he believes nucleus -- radiation levels are extremely high. precious time was lost in the race to prevent a nuclear meltdown when a burst of radiation lead to a temporary evacuation of workers at the plant. the head of the nuclear regulatory commission said the crisis could escalate if workers cannot keep the reactor school. one of the pools appear to have run out of water. >> if they are lost, and may be difficult to replace them. that could lead to more significant damage to the fuel and potentially some type of release. >> the white house issued this warning to americans in the area. those that are within a 50 mile radius of the reactors, evacuate from that area. the emperor of japan delivered are rare televised
.9 earthquake is the biggest earthquake to hit japan. >> and cities along the west coastline are breathing a sigh of relief they were largely spared the tsunami's wrath. with you -- but they did not escape totally. noelle walker has more. >> in hawaii seven-foot waves crashed on maui and sent residents scrambling for safety. in oregon coastal residents awoke to tsunami sirens. >> they started screaming and yelling and running through the trailer park getting everybody up. >> boats were tossed around in santa cruz like they were bathtub toys. south of san francisco beaches were closed and eastbound highways clogged with cars. coastal residents were evacuated to higher ground. in cressent city, most destruction was isolated to harbors and marinas. damage is estimated to be in the millions of dollars. president obama offered immediate aid. >> our hearts go out in japan and across the region. they will stand with us as we recover and rebuild across this region. >> a tragedy that could just as easily happened here. >> for many people here in maryland have been struggling to get in touch with fr
-- tsunami in japan. >> a lock-out is on, after nfl players and owners fail to make an agreement. >> are you ready to lose an hour of sleep? it is that time of year again. "11 news saturday morning" starts right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] >> welcome to "11 news saturday morning." i'm lisa robinson. >> and i'm jennifer franciotti. we'll get to our top stories in just a moment. first, let's go to john collins. it is nice it didn't rain yesterday. >> this morning it is nice. we have clear skies. we still have flooding problems to talk about. let's look at the sky conditions out there and the way it will affect your weekend. take a look at our live h.d. doppler radar. i have the satellite picture incorporated with that, also, and you can see clouds all off on the edges. off to the east. that stream of moisture, if you have high-definition tv. you can see clouds streaming on the right hand side of us. there is another disturbance up in lake michigan. that's moving into ohio. i have something in my throat. all that stuff is not near us. that's the key today. what
of a nuclear meltdown after a second explosion at a plant in japan. >> rescuers continued to comb through the destruction. kristen dahlgren has the latest from tokyo. >> with heavy equipment and bare hands, rescue workers continue their desperate search for survivors. in increasing grim scene. >> my relatives and friends are missing after the tsunami destroyed the village. >> reports of some 2000 bodies found. the unofficial count, more than 10,000 still missing. surviving the aftermath is proving just as challenging. for many, there is no food, no water, no electricity. not even gas to make it to safety. the sirens still sound as after fresh pack. another hydrogen explosion at the focus shiite nuclear plant. the reactor can no longer cool itself. -- at the fukushima power plant. surviving the quake was just a start. kristen dahlgren, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a johns hopkins professor will soon head to japan to investigate the structural integrity of the buildings still standing. there will analyze the damage in an effort to figure out why some buildings collapsed and others denied. it has to
americans who are in japan it is time to consider getting out today, thursday, march 17th, 2011. >> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," disaster in japan with matt lauer and meredith vieira. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie in for meredith who is on assignment. a sign of how desperate things are in japan that they are willing to try such a long shot. helicopters dropping water from the air. >> want to take a look at the video right now. as you can see when they do that a significant amount of that water seems to be dispersed by the wind. now massive high pressure water cannons, the kind you have seen police use on rioters will be used to hoes dose down the reac from the ground. more on this desperate attempt just ahead. >>> growing disagreement today between officials in japan and here in the u.s. over the severity of the situation. the chair of the u.s. regulatory commission believes a storage pool holding highly radioactive spent fuel rods may be completely empty at
that again. >> after nine days of uncertainty, a baltimore man teaching in japan is home. he shares his story next. >> chris brown just cannot seem to keep his temper in check. the latest bit of trouble that he now finds himself in his next. >> we see some rain moving into the area. it will be here for a while. temperatures will get chillier. the wind has turned to the east. >> lawrence taylor got six years' probation after pleading guilty of having sex with an underage prostitutes. he will be required to register as a sex offender. it appears chris brown's temper has gotten him into legal trouble again. the singer could be charged after allegedly trashing a good morning america dressing room following his appearance this morning. he was questioned about his assault on his ex-girlfriend and fellow pop star rihanna. >> and other lesser earthquake shook northeastern panted a point there are no new reports -- another lesser earthquake shook northeast japan today. there are no reports of new damage. after the death toll from the earthquake and the tsunami, it denied it stands at 9000 with another
in japan, where radiation fares are intensifying as some levels are being detected in the united states. >> trace amounts of radiation in maryland. workers near the trickle -- near the crippled complex in japan found plutonium in the soil. new readings show ocean contamination has spread a mile north of japan. maryland officials today confirmed they have detected radiation from japan in our rain water, which may lead you to ask what if any concern that presents for our area. kerry has more on this story. >> they have detected radiation in maryland as a result of the nuclear situation in japan. however, the levels are not unsafe. trace amounts to have turned out here on the east coast and out west. we took a closer look at how radiation travels and where it is likely to turn up in our area. the race continues to contain radiation leaking from this compromise japanese power plant, while the rest of the world tries to determine potential fallout. maryland officials picked up enhanced radiation levels in the baltimore area. >> this is detected because of our regular monitoring for air. we d
>> live. local. late breaking. if this is wbal-tv 11 news at 6:00. >> new pictures in japan share the devastating tsunami waters. the conditions dramatically worsen. hundreds dead, hundreds missing, and now reports a radiation exposure. rescue and recovery efforts continue in japan after the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake triggering a sonometer 30 feet high. as many as 1800 people are dead or missing. there is concern over two damaged nuclear reactors. at least three people in hospital tested positive for radiation exposure. the evacuation zone around one plant has been expanded. officials in u.s. are monitoring the situation. brian mooar has that part of the story from washington. >> first in the massive earthquake. then the deadly tsunami. now japan is facing fears of a nuclear crisis after this power plant was rocked by an explosion saturday afternoon. the united states is watching through the regulatory commission, just one way the american government and people are responding as the toll of the japanese tragedy becomes into focus. president obama has gotten regular brie
material in the air, which is actually coming from japan. >> this doctor says that small amounts pose no risk to human health. he says they also tested drinking water, milk and rainwater. the rain water test did find radioactive iodine. >> we found very, very small amounts in the rain water sample, but not any radioactive material in the drinking water or milk. >> officials say even though japan is thousands of miles away from baltimore, it is not surprising that the city is impacted. >> steam that is produced in japan goes up into the clouds, becomes part of the cloud mix that comes across the pacific and is part of all of the water that is part of the hydro geologic cycle across the planet. >> he says this has all happened before. but this is very similar to what happened when there were above- ground nuclear tests in the 1950's and 1960's. it is also similar to what we saw with the chernobyl accident and with the above-ground nuclear testing by korea. >> officials say you do not need to run out and buy special pills. you do not need special test kits. you can drink the water.
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